5 tips to help teens become better drivers

5 tips to help teens become better drivers

By Angie's List Magazine Staff

Two thirds of teens who die in automobile crashes are male, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention and the Committee on Adolescence. And while a good driver's ed program offers a chance to learn basic skills, the typical 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours on the road - the minimum mandated by Indiana - are not enough to turn an inexperienced driver into a proficient one, says Robin Rabanus, president of the Indiana Driver Education Association.
 
The average cost for driver's ed is $355 to $415. Highly rated driving instructors on Angie's List offer these five tips to help teens become better drivers:
 
  1. Explain that driving is a privilege and outline the accompanying responsibilities.
  2. Demonstrate safe driving.
  3. Give new drivers time to familiarize themselves with the controls in a new vehicle.
  4. Find teachable moments. Talk about traffic flow and signs at a stoplight.
  5. Don't allow passengers during driving lessons.

Find a higly rated driver's ed program in your area on Angie's List.


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